Early van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum

BERLIN — A Vincent van Gogh painting was stolen overnight from a small museum in Laren in the Netherlands, just 20 miles southeast of Amsterdam, on what would have been the artist’s 167th birthday. “I feel enormous anger and sadness,” Jan Rudolph de Lorm, the museum’s director, said in a …

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Coronavirus, France, Lockdown: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering America’s new status as the pandemic’s epicenter, strains on the European experiment and the Italian roots of the word “quarantine.” Pandemic’s next target: America The U.S. — after months of mixed messages from the Trump administration …

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Your Monday Briefing – The New York Times

Social distancing will continue in U.S. President Trump backed down from his earlier suggestion that the U.S. could go back to work by April 12, saying on Sunday that social-distancing guidelines would now remain in place until April 30. Here are the latest updates and maps of the pandemic. Mr. …

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Desperate for Aid, Ukraine First Has to Fight Corruption

MOSCOW — A former prime minister of Ukraine said the country’s anti-corruption reforms are at risk of stalling just as the government has asked for a significant expansion in foreign aid to prop up the economy because of coronavirus shutdowns. The Ukrainian government had already been deeply reliant on foreign …

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Rich Europeans Flee Virus for 2nd Homes, Spreading Fear and Fury

Unlike the second-home-owning class, many Europeans face the likelihood of spending weeks in quarantine in cramped spaces. Some have been laid off while others must continue to work, sometimes with limited protection, in low-paying jobs like supermarket cashier or delivery that require contact with people. At first, the French government …

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In the Coronavirus Fight in Scandinavia, Sweden Stands Apart

STOCKHOLM — When the coronavirus swept into the Scandinavian countries, Norway and Denmark scrambled to place extensive restrictions on their borders to stem the outbreak. Sweden, their neighbor, took a decidedly different path. While Denmark and Norway closed their borders, restaurants and ski slopes and told all students to stay …

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